MIAMI (AP) — Their sluggish start now far behind them, Ronald Acuña Jr. and the World Series champion Atlanta Braves needed just one more win to complete a most stunning turnaround.
They earned it Tuesday night, beating the Miami Marlins 2-1 to take their fifth straight NL East title and finish the first leg of a trek they hope leads them to another crown.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As he was going through the postgame handshake line, Kyle Wright received a request from Braves manager Brian Snitker.
“I want him to authenticate my own personal scorecard because I want him to sign it for me,” Snitker said.
ATLANTA (AP) — Spencer Strider's rookie season is going just as he planned.
Strider is mowing down hitters, and the Atlanta Braves are locked in a tight pennant race.
“To get here in my first season, I’m lucky to be in this position and I’m very grateful that they had so much faith in me and moved me up here as fast as they did to give me this opportunity," Strider said after Sunday's 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies finished a three-game sweep.
ATLANTA (AP) — William Contreras hopes Ronald Acuña Jr. is starting to hit his stride, even if it's mid-September after being slowed by knee soreness most of the year.
“We're talking about the best player in the league and thank God he's on our team," Contreras said via a translator.
Atlanta Braves (79-48, second in the NL East) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (72-54, first in the NL Central)
St. Louis; Saturday, 7:15 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Charlie Morton (6-5, 3.99 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 164 strikeouts); Cardinals: Jordan Montgomery (7-3, 3.08 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 121 strikeouts)
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Spencer Strider pitched six strong innings and William Contreras hit a three-run double as the streaking Atlanta Braves defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 11-4 on Friday night.
Atlanta has won four straight, seven of eight and 15 of its last 17 games.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kyle Wright allowed two hits over seven efficient innings, Matt Olson hit a grand slam that found the Allegheny River and the Atlanta Braves drilled the sloppy Pittsburgh Pirates 14-2 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Max Fried allowed only three hits in eight innings, pacing the Atlanta Braves to a 6-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
Fried (12-4) struck out seven and walked one, retiring 20 of the final 23 batters he faced, and allowed one run.
ATLANTA (AP) — William Contreras and Eddie Rosario hit back-to-back homers off Carlos Carrasco in the second inning, Ronald Acuña Jr. doubled three times and drove in three runs, and the Atlanta Braves routed the New York Mets 13-1 Monday night for their seventh straight win.
MIAMI (AP) — Rookie Michael Harris II hit a tying homer in the ninth, William Contreras had a go-ahead single and the Atlanta Braves rallied to beat the Miami Marlins 3-1 on Sunday for a sweep of their four-game series.
NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe those Mets fans out in right field should just leave Ronald Acuña Jr. alone.
ATLANTA (AP) — William Contreras homered twice, Ian Anderson allowed one hit in six scoreless innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Saturday night.
The victory was Atlanta’s second straight and boosted the defending World Series champion Braves to 38-14 since June 1, the best record in the major leagues over that span.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Willson and William Contreras turned a goal into reality last month when they played on the same major league diamond. On Tuesday night, they'll make an even bigger dream come true when they suit up together in the All-Star Game.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Atlanta Braves designated hitter William Contreras joined Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras as just the fifth brothers to start together in baseball's All-Star Game.
Contreras was voted in Sunday as a reserve by fellow players and was selected to start because Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper, who was elected by fans, broke his left thumb on June 25.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves are one powerful bunch, and Matt Olson is enjoying the ride.
“Watching from afar these past couple of years I know there was a lot of power in this clubhouse, and it’s cool to be a part of it this year," Olson said.
ATLANTA (AP) — Ian Anderson enjoyed an important bounce-back game after his recent woes kept him from fully enjoying the Atlanta Braves’ best stretch of the season.
Anderson allowed one run in five innings, Austin Riley homered and drove in three runs, and the Braves beat the struggling St.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Adam Duvall homered, Kyle Wright tossed seven sharp innings and the Atlanta Braves kept rolling this month, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 on Wednesday night.
The Braves improved to 21-5 in June, matching the team record for most wins in a calendar month since the club moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966.
ATLANTA (AP) — Adam Duvall was targeted by his Atlanta teammates for the obligatory postgame dousing with a cooler full of sports drink following his game-winning hit.
Adam Duvall homered twice off José Quintana, William Contreras and Matt Olson also connected, and the Atlanta Braves won their 11th straight game, 5-3 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
The defending World Series champion Braves began the day having trimmed five games off the New York Mets’ division lead since the winning streak started June 1.
ATLANTA (AP) — Adam Duvall homered twice off José Quintana, William Contreras and Matt Olson also connected, and the Atlanta Braves won their 11th straight game, 5-3 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
DENVER (AP) — The sight of the Colorado Rockies wearing forest green uniforms wasn't nearly as out-of-the-ordinary as this — a second straight low-scoring, extra-inning game at Coors Field.
Or this: A second straight clinic on how to pitch at the hitter-friendly park from the Atlanta staff.
ATLANTA (AP) — Marcell Ozuna believes a season-high nine extra-base hits is a sure sign the Atlanta Braves' bats are returning to their World Series championship form.
Ozuna hit two home runs as part of the barrage in Atlanta's 6-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday, giving the Braves their first winning homestand of the season.
ATLANTA (AP) — William Contreras picked the perfect moment for the first walk-off hit of his career.
His parents, William Contreras and Olga Castillo, were in the stands for the first time watching him play a major league game, and the 24-year-old wanted to send them back to Venezuela happy.
Philadelphia Phillies (20-22, second in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (19-23, third in the NL East)
Atlanta; Tuesday, 7:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Phillies: Kyle Gibson (3-2, 3.98 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 37 strikeouts); Braves: Max Fried (4-2, 3.31 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 47 strikeouts)
MIAMI (AP) — William Contreras homered twice, Ronald Acuña Jr. extended his two-season on-base streak to 28 games and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 Saturday night.
Acuña singled, walked twice, stole a base and scored a run.
ATLANTA (AP) — Ha-Seong Kim hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning off reliever Will Smith, Wil Myers went deep in the sixth against Max Fried and the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 11-6 on Friday night.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves catcher Manny Piña will have season-ending surgery after tests revealed ligament and cartilage damage in his left wrist.
Braves manager Brian Snitker said before Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox that the loss of Piña means William Contreras will continue to serve as the top backup to starter Travis d’Arnaud.
Boston Red Sox (10-18, fifth in the AL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (14-16, second in the NL East)
Atlanta; Tuesday, 7:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Garrett Whitlock (1-1, 1.25 ERA, .69 WHIP, 29 strikeouts); Braves: Kyle Wright (3-1, 1.74 ERA, .97 WHIP, 37 strikeouts)
ATLANTA (AP) — Adam Duvall and William Contreras homered to help Charlie Morton win for the first time in five starts as the Atlanta Braves cranked up their bats in a 9-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Atlanta Braves had quite a bash on Ron Washington's 70th birthday.
William Contreras hit two impressively long home runs, Austin Riley also connected and Travis Demeritte had an inside-the-park homer when he was emphatically waved home by the beloved third-base coach as the Braves beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 on Friday night.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves placed catcher Manny Piña on the 10-day injured list Thursday with left wrist inflammation.
The move was retroactive to Monday.
William Contreras was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to serve as the backup catcher behind Travis d'Arnaud.
ATLANTA (AP) — The World Series champion Atlanta Braves are carrying three catchers on their opening day roster.
ATLANTA (AP) — The World Series champion Atlanta Braves added depth at catcher by signing Manny Piña to a two-year, $8 million contract Monday.
Piña is the first player filing for free agency after the World Series to sign with a different club.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves catcher Stephen Vogt underwent season-ending sports hernia surgery last week before he was designated for assignment.
The Braves announced before Game 4 of the NL Division Series on Tuesday that Vogt had surgery on Oct.
New York Mets (77-84, third in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (87-73, first in the NL East)
Atlanta; Sunday, 3:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Noah Syndergaard (0-0, .00 ERA, .00 WHIP, 2 strikeouts) Braves: Charlie Morton (14-6, 3.64 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 213 strikeouts)
ATLANTA (AP) — Joc Pederson hit a solo homer off Carlos Carrasco in the third inning, William Contreras went deep with a two-run shot off Carrasco in the fourth and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 6-5 on Saturday night.
ATLANTA (AP) — Trying to fill another injury hole with a trade, the Atlanta Braves acquired veteran catcher Stephen Vogt from the Arizona Diamondbacks late Friday night for minor league first baseman Mason Berne.
ATLANTA (AP) — Max Fried picked up where Charlie Morton left off a night earlier for the Atlanta Braves.
“It’s exactly what you want to do," Fried said. “Charlie definitely set the tone last night with attacking guys and keeping a good pace, and it felt like I got a little bit off it in the first.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Austin Riley, Ronald Acuña Jr. and William Contreras each hit a solo homer, and the Atlanta Braves rallied to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-5 on Tuesday night.
Acuña also had a single, double and three RBIs as the reigning three-time NL East champion Braves evened their record at 29-29.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Washington Nationals have renewed concerns about Stephen Strasburg's health after the right-hander couldn't remain in the game long enough to enjoy his teammates' offensive breakout.
BOSTON (AP) — Rafael Devers homered and drove in three runs, and the Boston Red Sox stopped Atlanta's four-game win streak with a 9-5 victory over the Braves on Wednesday night.
Hunter Renfroe also connected for Boston, and Christian Vázquez had three RBIs.
ATLANTA (AP) — Everything seems to be going right for Adam Frazier these days, so he's trying to keep his superstitions in check.
Whatever he's doing has worked thus far as the Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman leads the NL with 58 hits and has hit .386 in 83 at-bats with eight doubles in his last 20 games since April 28.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Freddy Peralta struck out eight over six scoreless innings, Avisail Garcia homered and the Milwaukee Brewers blew most of an 8-0 lead before holding on to beat the Atlanta Braves 10-9 on Sunday.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ian Anderson flirted with a no-hit bid, and he knew it.
Anderson took his try into the seventh inning, Freddie Freeman hit his 250th career home run and the Atlanta Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 on Saturday night.
ATLANTA (AP) — Teoscar Hernández hit two homers and drove in three runs, Hyun Jin Ryu pitched seven sharp innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Atlanta 4-1 on a cold Wednesday night to continue their dominance of the Braves...
ATLANTA (AP) — Ehire Adrianza capped a night full of comebacks for Atlanta with a game-ending RBI single in the 12th inning, helping the Braves stun the Philadelphia Phillies for a chaotic 8-7 victory Saturday...